Another sad story of underfunded mine closure. According to this report, Yukon Zinc owes the territorial government $3 million in environmental security. Now the company is bankrupt and also owing $646 million to hundreds of creditors. The tailings management system is described in a report at this link. The system is described thus: (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘escobal’
Posted in About the news, British Columbia, Law (Mining), Tailings, tagged bc envirnmental assessment office, dry stack, escobal, filter press, Greens Creek, pgo mine, wolverine mine, yukon zinc on March 21, 2015 | 12 Comments »
Posted in About the news, consulting, environmental, Human relations and mining, Investing & Finance, mining, People, tagged don gray, escobal, flor de maria gonzales, geocimsa, Guatemala, nutrition, ron clayton, sergio aycinena, Tahoe Resources on December 10, 2014 | 3 Comments »
I am in Guatemala and at the Tahoe Resources Escobal Silver Mine. I have previously noted that I and my daughter are the engineers who designed and now give advice on the operation of the filter-pressed tailings stack. Much credit must also go to Flor de Maria Gonzalez and Sergio Aycinena of Geosimsa who are the engineers of record in Guatemala. We have worked closely with them these past four years and both have proven sound partners. Particularly Flor who as a young woman has made her mark by her excellence in a male-dominated Guatemalan mining environment. (more…)
Posted in About the news, blogs, brandy, British Columbia, California, consulting, feasibilty studies, Investing & Finance, mining, Mining history, opera, Tailings, tagged andy fourie, bafokeng, deathof klinghoffer, escobal, mt polley, my polley, opera, P/E, professional registration, Tahoe Resources on November 6, 2014 | 3 Comments »
Here is information I received as a comment on a recent blog posting:
California is an anomaly from the perspective that it is only one of 5 or 6 states or territories that do not recognize mining as an engineering discipline; along with Guam, Hawaii, Delaware and a couple of others. The need for being registered is driven primarily by the State Boards. There are several places in the industry where signatures are required: on 10K reports for certification of reserves. This requires a “qualified person” and since there are 20 states that don’t recognize geologists as a profession, then the role may be defined as engineering in some cases. There are a plethora of state and federal mining permits requiring a PE signature. Underground seals must be constructed and signed off by a PE. Roof Control and Ventilation plans and many environmental permits require signatures. As I said, California is one of the exceptions and I really don’t understand why mining is ignored when mining was at the core of the state’s formation. I will say that the lack of recognition by the State has caused some confusion regarding liability and accountability.
Posted in About the news, blogs, brandy, British Columbia, People, Tailings, tagged escobal, Oil sands, paste 2014, paterson & cooke, polyere amendment, Tailings, women in mining on June 10, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Day one of the conference Paste 2014. Actually the actual conference begins tomorrow. Today there were short courses and meeting of friends and fellow travellers on the mining journey. The most beautiful was a lovely lady from Brazil who is studying at the university of British Columbia for a semester and will be a mining engineer in a year or two. We chatted over lunch and if she is, as I believe she will be, the future of mining, the profession is in good and beautiful hands. (more…)
Posted in About the news, British Columbia, Community relations, consulting, Investing & Finance, Jobs and Salaries, Mining history, People, tagged canada pension plan, escobal, Guatemala on May 10, 2014 | 2 Comments »
Four short stories and one succinct opinion. No pictures. You decide.
Story 1 – Gambling
A father took his young daughter with him to gamble. The men sat gambling until late in the night and into the early morning. The daughter busied herself as only teenagers can when their parents are at play. The father’s luck was fierce. He won a great deal and the losers were sore. Finally the father left with his daughter, but the losers were not happy. They wanted their money back. They waylaid the father and daughter and an altercation broke out. Guns were pulled. The daughter was shot and killed. The father, bereft, is in hospital fighting for his life. (more…)